History & Culture

History & Culture

Celebrate with Wine!

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe well-known earliest traces of wine are from China in 7000BC. Georgia had wine in 6000 BC and Iran in 5000BC. The earliest winery that we know of is 6,100 years old Areni-1 winery in Armenia. It travelled to Balkans in 4500 BC and was consumed in Greece, Rome and Thrace. Lily traces the origin and […]

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How did the Socioeconomic Undercurrents Survive Political Upheavals in India?

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe wheel turns full circle when we find that many of the modern day concepts are rooted in our rich socioeconomic and sociopolitical heritage. Tapati finds hordes of interesting data in various libraries, spread across the various cities, in India. She gives us interesting insights into the socio-economic undercurrents that continued to survive countless political […]

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Quebec City: A Slice of France in Canada – II

Reading Time: 5 minutesQuébec City (French, pronounced as kebɛk), is one of the oldest city in North America. It was founded, in 1608, by Samuel de Champlain. Anumita relives the four hundred years of history, in the second part of the three-part travelogue. A Different Truths exclusive. Québec City (French, pronounced as kebɛk), is rightfully the capital of […]

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From a Small Village to a Metropolis, 19th Century Montreal is Replete with History – I

Reading Time: 3 minutesAnumita tells us about Montreal, one of the most populous metropolis of Quebec Province, in Canada. The Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal is a magnificent Gothic Revival style structure. Here’s the first part of the three-part Canada travelogue, exclusively in Different Truths.   Summer brings warm temperatures and is perfect for a trip to Canada.  Loading […]

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Mushrooms Have Come a Long Way from Ancient Rome to the Present Times!

Reading Time: 4 minutesA mushroom is basically a fleshy, spore-bearing, fruiting body of a fungus. As early as the Roman times, fungi were popular in Europe and were also consumed many centuries ago in Middle and South America. Lily tells us about the antiquity of mushroom, in the regular column, exclusively in Different Truths. The enchanting toadstool that […]

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India through Her Stamps

Reading Time: 5 minutesSreelata tells us about the journey of India through her stamps. With the first General Post Office being opened, in 1774, in Calcutta, followed by Madras (1778) and Bombay (1792) it was Warren Hastings Governor General from 1773-1784 who first threw it open to the public for a fee of two annas per 100 miles. In 1911, Henri […]

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Tracing the Roots of Change: Feminism in India and the 50s and 60s Born Women

Reading Time: 4 minutesFeminism being multicultural and diasporic, the needs of women across nations are grossly dissimilar, conditioned by familial, societal, racial, marital, economic, cultural and individual subjectivity. Samrudhi analyses feminism, tracing the roots of change, in the regular column, exclusively in Different Truths. Talking about feminism in a general sense brings to mind the names of Virginia […]

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The Emergence of Plastic Surgery from the Renaissance to the Present Day – II

Reading Time: 4 minutesIn the second part, Shameena tells us about the brief rise of plastic surgery during the Renaissance. The two World Wars led to the innovations, making plastic and cosmetic surgery safer and easier. The Renaissance: A Brief Rise in Plastic Surgery Translations of Galen re-entered Western culture during the late Middle Ages as Crusaders encountered […]

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With a Pinch of Salt: Pickles are in the Indian Cuisines for Four Thousand Years

Reading Time: 4 minutesPickles are an almost essential part of a complete meal in the sub-continent. Cucumbers that are native to India were first pickled in the Tigris valley in BE 2030. These grew in the foothills of the Himalayas. Indians were eating pickles 4000 years ago. Lily tells us about the antiquity of pickles, its history, and […]

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Sushruta, the Father of Plastic Surgery, was its Pioneer in Varanasi, India – I

Reading Time: 4 minutesMost historians agree that the first recorded account of reconstructive plastic surgery on the living is found in ancient Indian Sanskrit texts. These texts describe procedures to repair noses and ears that were lost either as punishment for crimes or in battle. Sushruta was a physician that made important contributions to the field of plastic and cataract […]

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